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Sesame Street & Barney Songs Used for Torture

In Guantanamo, News, Other Leaks, Viral Videos on June 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM



They were written to teach children colours and strange words but distorted versions of bouncy Sesame Street songs have been used to torture Guantanamo Bay prisons for days, it has been claimed.

The staggering assertion has been made in a documentary from Al Jazeera and follows previous claims in 2008 that heavier tunes such as Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ and Drowning Pool’s ‘Bodies’ were played incessantly to prisoners at the naval base in Cuba.

According to the report ‘innocent children’s songs were abused for inhumane purposes’ as music from the popular US children programme was blasted repeatedly into prisoners’ ears.

It is not the first time Sesame Street music was reported as being used to break the will of prisoners.In 2003 the U.S. military allegedly used the soundtracks to soften up Iraqi POWs.

A CIA document shown in the report entitled ‘Guidelines for Interrogation Methods’ and produced by the medical services department of the CIA states that permitted levels and durations for which music can be played to prisoners is the equivalent to being: ‘as loud as the highway for 18 hours a day, the volume of a cranked up motorbike for eight hours or a jackhammer for two hours.’




According to documents released following a Freedom of Information request loops from the below tracks have been used to break detainees at the Guatanamo Bay prison:

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears


Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine


Don’t Gimme No Lip – Pearl Jam


Somewhat Damaged – Nine Inch Nails


Enter Sandman – Metallica


Bodies – Drowning Pool


Shoot to Thrill  – AC/DC


Hell’s Bells – AC/DC


I Love You – Barney & Friends


Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen


Babylon  – David Gray


White America  – Eminem


Theme Song to Sesame Street

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